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November 2015

Allow time for your prescriptions!

Please take a moment to check how many prescriptions and supplements you have left.

If there is only about 1/3- 1/4 bottle left, now is a great time to get your new prescriptions underway.  

Please plan ahead for your repeat prescriptions and/or supplements and get requests in early to reduce Christmas stress.

Order your hormones now for the next three months to cover the holiday period.

 

Skin Tightening Special!!

Act now to get the best results for your appearance for special events in the forthcoming weeks. For this month only, get $100 off all Titan® treatments if booked and paid for this month.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!  We have decided to give away 2 free Visia skin analyses as well as a free Laser Genesis with each Titan® treatment.  (The Laser Genesis is given at the same time as the Titan treatment).

This incredible offer is only for treatments booked and paid for this month.  Limited to up to 4 treatments only.

We normally recommend between 2-4 treatments for good results – the more the better.

Book now for a free consultation (valued at $75) to assess your suitability for Titan as not all skin types are suitable.

 

Dermal Fillers

Christmas is just around the corner. What a good time to top up your Dermal Fillers!

Dermal fillers can address some of the most common concerns men and women have in relation to lips, Nasolabial Lines (the lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth) or Marionette Lines (the lines that run downwards from the corners of the mouth). Dermal fillers can help reverse the jowl and sagging face.

Research has shown that topping up your dermal filler regularly makes it last longer.

Our prices are compelling - find out what we can do for you and your friends.

We offer a FREE Dermal Filler consultation this month.

 

Advice For Long-Haul Travellers

This article gives you some general advice with help for coping with a long trip that will help you ‘hit the ground running’ on the other side, as well as get adequate sleep, cope with jet lag and prevent you getting sick during your journey.

If you have time, an intravenous vitamin C drip can help with the stress of long-haul travel. Not only does vitamin C help with stress but it also may help to protect you from the infections circulating around the cabin.

Preparing for your trip by starting 100mg of aspirin daily from 2-3 days before you leave and continuing 2-3 days after you arrive may well help to prevent a blood clot in the calf. In addition to this, having yourself fitted for pressure stockings for your calves may well keep you comfortable because some people get leg cramp during the long-haul flight. In addition stockings prevent leg clot or deep vein thrombosis.

Before you go away, you may wish to ask your chemist to blister pack your pills into Medico packs so you don’t have to take a jar of everything you take with you. This is not only convenient and very inexpensive but will be accepted as official by immigration.

Discuss with your doctor if you wish to take away with you an emergency pack of travel drugs for emergencies. These could include anti nausea, anti diarrhoea drugs and antibiotics etc.

Ask your doctor if you should have any vaccinations, or update old vaccinations like tetanus, especially if you are going to any exotic or third world locations. Remember that Australia and New Zealand are the only countries that do not have rabies.

Take a sleeping pill and melatonin with you and behave as if you are at your destination while on the flight. This may not be possible if you are taking off at night, in which case you will naturally wish to take your melatonin and a sleeping pill after having a meal and then go off to sleep. This will help shorten the journey for you as well as give you some rest.

If you are not used to taking sleeping pills, it is worth discussing this with your doctor and trialing the sleeping pill at home well before you go away so you know what dose to take. This is the same for melatonin because each person varies in the dose of melatonin that is right for them.

During the flight, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol, because each glass of alcohol in the air is like two glasses on the ground.

Once arriving at your destination, if it is daytime, go outside and get some sunlight exposure to your brain which will suppress your melatonin levels and help reset your body clock. Go to bed as you normally would at night but for 3-5 nights you will need a sleeping pill and melatonin to reset your body clock after arrival. Adding Melatonin to the sleeping pills works better than using either alone. You will need to repeat this after returning home for 3-5 days.

 

Sunscreen – Choose It Carefully

The rise of melanoma rates in New Zealand over the years may be related to sunscreen use and vitamin D deficiency. You do need to avoid sun exposure to avoid skin cancers, but it’s not as simple as that. UV radiation likely causes over 90 per cent of all skin cancers and also increases the likelihood of cataracts and premature skin ageing and causes immune suppression in the skin.

Both UVA and UVB radiation cause genetic damage and promote skin cancers. But because most sunscreens do not block out UVA radiation, skin damage can occur even when sunscreen is applied. In addition to this, high SPF sunscreens can completely block vitamin D production by blocking UVB. Because of all of this, sunscreens may falsely give a sense of safety in the sun.

Australia and NZ have the highest melanoma rates in the world, but also the highest sunscreen usage. The negative publicity over excessive sun exposure over the past few years has resulted in such an efficient block out of the sun that we now have a vitamin D deficiency pandemic. Worldwide, it is estimated to be around 50 per cent of the population. Many melanomata occur on non sun-exposed areas – this could be related to a lack of vitamin D. We know vitamin D helps prevent cancer so research is currently looking at the association between vitamin D deficiency and melanoma.

So, why do we need vitamin D and how does it prevent cancer?

Sunlight is the main source of vitamin D in New Zealand. Many New Zealanders have insufficient vitamin D. Vitamin D controls over 200 genes in all tissues of the body. Its benefits are extensive and include prevention of heart disease, autoimmune disorders, SAD, depression and sleep disorders. Vitamin D also helps melatonin production – this is an antioxidant.

Research has shown that vitamin D is a potent cell growth regulator and reduces metastases (the spread of cancer). Vitamin D has been shown to suppress the growth of melanoma cells in test tubes. In one study, patients with the highest vitamin D levels had a 40 per cent reduction in skin cancer.

Sun exposure reduces the risk of certain other cancers, including non hodgkins lymphoma, breast cancer (by 50 per cent), prostate cancer and colon cancer. One researcher reports that a lifetime’s sun exposure is associated with a lower risk of melanoma. And that sun exposure is associated with increased melanoma survival. This is also evidenced by the finding that malignant melanoma patients have been found to have lower vitamin D levels. Places with less sunlight in the world have been found to have increased cancers of breast, colon, and prostate cancers.

At last, everyone has come to their senses and have suggested sensible sun exposure in New Zealand that enables vitamin D production.

This is what you should do:

  1. Avoid sunburn – the worst risk for skin cancer is when you are sunburnt as a child then get low vitamin D as an adult.
  2. Some sun exposure is recommended for vitamin D production – it is best to expose larger areas briefly than smaller areas over longer periods. Darker skins need more exposure though it’s unsure how long.
  3. Extra measures to get adequate vitamin D levels are needed in those at increased risk of vitamin D deficiency. Eg. the elderly, the obese, and those suffering from certain illnesses and smokers.
  4. Those at high risk of skin cancer should discuss their vitamin D needs with doctor. They need to avoid sun exposure, so are likely to need vitamin D supplementation.
  5. More research is needed for definite advice about times in the sun.
  6. Solariums are dangerous and may emit much higher concentrations of UV radiation than the sun – so avoid them.

 

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